L to R: The Almost-Handsome One, The Loud Northern One, The Other One, The Small Hairy One

“Face-aching comedy”

-The Derby Telegraph, presumably as a compliment.

“Probably the most important comedy of the last ten years”

–The Guardian, talking about something else

“I honestly have no idea”

-Then-Green Party leader Natalie Bennett when we asked her how much cocaine George Osborne does in a week.

A four-piece comedy outfit based in Derby, UK, Discharge comprises of James Bosson, Robbie Owen, Jordan Reynolds and Ben Knight. And when we use the phrase ‘Comedy outfit’, we mean the word ‘Outfit’ in the way a football manager would say “They’re a quality outfit” before they play West Ham, rather than comically oversized shoes and baggy polka dot trousers. We are not a clown suit. We also recognise the missed opportunity above regarding a potential four-piece suit pun. It’s too late. We’re just going to have to move on and forget all about it.

Discharge started its life when a student radio station made a horrible mistake and gave James and Robbie a two hour slot to do whatever they liked. They soon made a rare good decision and brought on board Jordan and Ben, launching the Verbal Discharge podcast in October 2014. During its days as part of the University of Derby student radio family, Verbal Discharge broke the station listener record and won numerous awards, including Best Show consecutive years. We’re actually pretty humble about that.

To mark our 50th episode, we held our first live comedy show, and have been staging shows ever since. These have covered a huge range of topics, from a Nativity Show that was secretly about Brexit, to a Eurovision show that was secretly about Brexit, and a US Election show that was secretly about Brexit. This shall, soon enough, develop into something very exciting, and we’ll change this line to explain that when it happens.

Along with introducing live shows, Discharge slowly grew into the multi-media catastrophe you see before you today. No longer simply a podcast, our MO now includes all kinds of things you can find on this very website, including-

Articles aplenty, on everything from contemporary politics to the struggles of living as a teenage wasp!

Video sketches and other silly bits!

GameThing, our Let’s Play gaming series!

Fiction and poetry from world-renowned Scandinavian genius Jorben Bowen!

And the podcast, obviously.

And whilst you’re looking around the website, we’d love it if you stopped to say hello. Tell us anything you enjoys. Anything you didn’t. Anything. Please, we’d love it if you send us an email at Things@VerbalDischarge.co.uk, or perhaps visit any of the social media links you see on the side of this page. Please. We’re surprisingly lonely for a four-headed clown suit.

Additional thanks to our beloved enablers Furthest from the Sea – Events, Music, Comedy & Arts, as well as the Derby and Nottingham Comedy Festivals, University of Derby Union of Students and our mums.


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